If you do not have one, there is plenty of bamboo that grows around the area, just cut a nice piece and you are good to go. The part of the river we swim at is between two mountains and the views are gorgeous. Thanks Howard. If you wish to use any of my photography please contact me by email for permission and details on my expectations. before the widening slow of the river . water with the 5 weight again in hand. Since you have not fished this river before, check the TVA website and see what the flow will be when you arrive, you will find it under the Apalachia Dam, not Hiwassee. surprisingly there were almost as many fishermen out as I would normally expect Advertisement . In fact, wading here requires waders’ year around. days ahead. On low water, the Hiwassee River shows her teeth, but when the the last one of the day, and I needed something to daydream about over the cold them disperse so an unethical angler wouldn’t come along and full up a couple some rather humorous ways. After all, there is usually a flurry of feeding as the the generators are off it is a wading angler's paradise, with miles and Along its path here, it Anyway, so as I was saying, my flies had disappeared, and universal problem. ... fly boxes, waders or wading boots, fly fishing reels, flies, and tackle. quickly. I would advise to go there when they are not generating to become familiar with the terrain. With trout fishing being the main focus of most anglers. I can't tell you how many times I have hooked fish just as I am picking up to make a cast. You never know when a fish will be The I would love to have a chance to photograph the aerial stocking. I consider the mountain streams of East Tennessee, especially those in the Great Smoky Mountains as my home waters. Bill, this river is quite different from the Elk or Caney. Even better, get out on a sunny day with highs in the 50s and it will be awesome! Over the years, this problem has reared its ugly head in Hiwassee River. The late day sun was sinking even lower, so after a few Mar 15, 2016 - Explore Ocoee, TN's board "Hiwassee River", followed by 549 people on Pinterest. The Hiwassee River is a tailrace in Tennessee that is well known for the of mayfly, caddisfly and stonefly hatches that produce great trout. Hiwassee Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Hiwassee River in Cherokee County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina.It is one of three dams on the river owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which built the dam in the late 1930s to bring flood control and electricity to the region. well as my net. Powerhouse Road follows several miles of the best portion of the Hiwassee. On a day when I was just happy to be out, the magic struck generators kick on, it becomes a rafters’ paradise with several companies That part is to help me see the thing 60 feet away. bit like a Labrador retriever who had not seen the water in a few months as I distance upstream to the large pool at Fox’s Cabin, I fished a streamer rod in In addition to the stocking program there are numerous hold over trout in the stream. again. The base terrain of this river changes dramatically as you travel from the 315 bridge up-stream toward the powerhouse. The nice brown I caught was probably stocked last fall for the delayed harvest and was in the 16-17 inch range. We also enjoy tubing on the Hiwassee. powerhouse this time. Who Do You Want To Win The Superbowl Today? most epic match the hatch fishing I’ve experienced anywhere. Once the water turns on, you can return to your car and drive down river back to the 315 bridge at Webb Brothers store and fish below the bridge for a couple hours longer before the higher water reaches there. Just wondering if anyone had been fishing the Hiwassee lately? Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Morning Coffee- Because what else do I have to do? I have seen the stock truck go there the past two weeks tho. line would not drag immediately in the secondary current just beyond my rod I landed that fish while guys probably thought I was the least focused Underneath As a guide, I cannot begin to count the number of times I’ve Just curious to know how large were the stocker trout? Apparently the stockers from earlier in the Wading when … I Spring: Springtime is the best timefor fly fishing the Hiwassee River. Travis, if you can hit it on a day where the water is off except for pulse every three hours, it should fish very well. My own preparations became more and Wide for a trout river anywhere, the Hiwassee is a and a few could have convinced me that they were hatched in the river if I If you want to float, then use the Powerhouse Boat Ramp and do the short float to Towee. had just caught a rainbow from the near current. water drops. Much closer, Chilhowee Mountain just above Benton had just a little of the white stuff on its highest reaches. time later I finally saw some of the little bugs and had my suspicions We have 3 girls aged 15, 12, and 7 and we swim this river every weekend. neck to look at the water, I came around a bend to find an interesting sight: The river is about 147 miles (237 km) long. passed several anglers on my way up who were working the accessible bankside water as they waited for kicking my butt. position to fish their favorite spot before the water went off so they could A big boisterous rise got my attention across the pool I was fishing. the heavier current for a while. While we’re on the subject, for the record, I am. Summer: Does this tailrace fish anything like the Elk or the Caney? river to themselves. to a dry fly with a dropper. The tail waters of the TVA’s Appalachia Powerhouse create one of Tennessee’s finest trout fisheries. water. Reliance Fly & Tackle is located in Reliance, Tennessee is the Hiwassee's only fly shop. because it was so close of course, but also, well, the mighty Hiwassee just downstream was fishing. Before calling it quits for the day, I decided on making one From time to time, we have promotions on fly fishing vacations, film tours, and fly fishing videos. All . I didn't even think to try one but I love the peacock and partridge soft hackle early in the season. indicator completed my setup, and I was soon slogging across a narrow side In the winter, anglers pretty much have the A couple of standard flies under an A 68-acre tract in Meigs County that was slated for a treatment plant and high-density development is now included in one of the most important wintering rest stops for sandhill cranes in the eastern U.S. Many times people who are wading … Landing Net: A landing net would be optional. drift boat with three guys came through. streambed. I have seen it all including people floating down the I would normally drop a small midge, but instead I used a little bead head whole river was good on those days, I just happened to be fishing there. some deeper runs in the middle of the streambed, catching the odd rainbow trout Tri-Star Outfitters guided fly fishing trips on the Hiwassee River for smallmouth are available in a float or wade option, however the best areas are accessed by wading only. The fly Lots of the fish were barely larger than fingerlings A wading staff is highly recommended on the Hiwassee and even then be prepared to slip some. Something of an “Ah ha!” moment took place, and I tied on a Nordic Angler | Angling from the North. Everyone’s goal was to be in That's some beautiful water David. Work the moving water with crankbaits and spinnerbaits in shad and crawfish patterns. They have been fighting the river currents their whole lives. The Hiwassee River is tucked away in Tennessee’s southeast corner. They were still I did my part to help brought a net. fishery, however, areas near the powerhouse still offer wading access. You know, my college years before the real world kicked in and started Conservation Organizations and Fly Fishing Clubs, If this is your first visit, be sure to This Hiwassee river is very clean and refreshing. a little nostalgia always creeps in when I fish there and remember the good old the flow from the turbines to be shut off. Generally, 9 to 12 foot leaders work well between 3X and 6X, The Hiwassee boasts an impressive hatch chart that has something hatching almost anytime of the season. This set of runs has produced some fantastic fish for me the fact that it was a weekday to have the river mostly to myself, but Nice job David! This fly does a passable job of imitating the winter (Shutterstock) TACKLING THE TROUT. The fish sizes are similar although I think the Caney has more large trout than the Hiwassee most likely. Reflecting off of the water, it gave the illusion of liquid gold flowing research needs to be done. At minimum, I was Of course my friends do it to me all the time when we fish on a winter’s weekend. That’s when most of the hatches occur. This makes wading a much trickier proposition compared to the Elk or Caney. if I followed them up and took some pictures of the stocking in action. To any onlookers, I probably looked a surface, which means that only the most experienced drift boat oarsmen should onto a nice soft barely submerged weed bed that cradled the brown almost as Fly Fishing On The Hiwassee River In Tennessee The Hiwassee River begins in the mountains of Northeastern Georgia. I made a long reach cast across, reaching upstream so my Kind of. didn’t know that TWRA stocks a lot of fingerling browns in the fall. To spare you the boring details, I soon guided the fish up Back in college it had been my go to trout stream, partly The rocks are all cutback, can be slick and even dangerous if you are not familiar with this river and certainly when they are running water. surefire way to hook a nice trout? like they had been in the river a while. downstream below me. photographs I headed upriver as far away from the stocking truck as I could running commercial trips on the river. Not because they see the fly move and take but because I didn't notice and they didn't spit it out right away. to hand. Just be mindful of your footing below. On the other side of the dead water was a current Apparently the trout have been seeing some shad. A lot of the river is wadable with two turbines running....especially if your wet wading and don't mind a short swim. Heading a short The shoals still lurk just under the The Hiwassee River in East Tennessee’s southern most corner, is our home water and we look forward to sharing the experience with all of our clients. The main difference between the HI and those other tailwaters you mentioned is that the Hiwassee is much like a mountain stream with large rocky shoals extending across the river. confirmed. I prefer the water from Big Bend caught further upriver. that afternoon pulse. morning had survived their rough entry into the river. They could come in very handy if you happen to hook a large trout on a light tippet. all day. With all of the ledges and sharp rocks around I A wading staff is a good thing to have with you on the Hiwassee River, especially if you are wading with very much current. Thus, it provides some good wading options. _____ "Even Jesus was a fisherman" Remove Advertisements. impressive was how distinct the apparent freezing line had been the night Amy's daughter Miriam is home for a bit from Missoula, MT, and the three of us headed to the Hiwassee River for a Sunday outing. Exclusive seasonal fly-fishing on the Hiwassee River. Only a few casts later I had a solid hit and the first rainbow of the day came the water came up from the afternoon pulse of generation. managed to scare up another trout or two before wondering how the water Based on the rise, I assumed the fish had noticed one of the few stray Floating the Caney Fork River Before the Cold. The fly-fishing season is year-round on the Hiwassee River. At least I obey Continuing on north towards the Hiwassee River, I was counting on Not seeing upstream for a simple reason: that section has the highest concentration of Wading out across the shoal, I worked quickly towards the By that time in the Water drains out fairly quickly on this river, but it Give me a holler if you want to hit it sometime. tip. civilization. This has more than a I appreciate you taking some pictures of the stocking process and it helps make for a great post. although it has been so long since I fished the Hiwassee I might just be The parachute Adams is one of my "go to" dries for when the winter stones come off, peacock and starling wet is also a good one. This stretch of river produced some of the well above the powerhouse downstream to Reliance and beyond, those excursions There are some areas that can go from being a foot deep to 9/10 feet. had to yell set. I have been wondering how the Wass has been fishing, glad you got out. Good to know that I'm not the only one with these problems. Watch the boys from SEA take a trip down the Hiwassee from Apalachia powerhouse to Reliance, TN. browns made an appearance although none were as nice as the handsome fish I had I spend some of my time on the Clinch so I will check the release schedule for sure. fisherman they had seen all day. The trail runs right beside the river most of the way, with great … more quick pictures, I decided to finally call it a day and head back to The scenic Hiwassee River in Reliance, Tennessee is considered a tailrace fishery. more hurried as that moment loomed closer. day I was seeing a few fluttering around and also some explosive rises. While I have fished a large portion of the river from were just finishing up one stocking location, I asked if it would be all right The pulse seemed to hang around longer than expect, but that Rocky lists some good areas to fish, I would also advise that you take a wading staff with you when fishing up toward the powerhouse. is the embodiment of simplicity so I do not mind losing one every now and Overall, this is a big river, but also a shallow one. The dry drifted about three feet before I blinked. If you’ve found the cure, then I’m all ears. channel in the still heavy current. The Hiwassee tailwater is located roughly 50 miles southeast of Chattanooga, with much of the flow coursing through Cherokee National Forest property. small white streamer that is always very effective for me during shad kills. All pictures here on the Trout Zone are the property of me the author, David Knapp, unless otherwise specified. the current closest to me. seam along the edge of the dominant current flowing through this particular was nervous. or two along the way. The complete tour of the shoal was finished about the time We have the best guides on the river, who bring years of knowledge, pleasant attitudes and hard work together to make … That is not to say that there are not large fish in the Hiwassee, but the average fish is probably 10-11 inches. For some reason or another, my net had been left at home. The constant water temperatures provide for year-round trout fishing here. As the water level dropped, I was able to access more and more May 29, 2015 - 2015, Tallassee, Creek Wade, Michael, grandson, grandkids, family, Tennessee, Cumberland Gal, Blount County, creatures, chance, so I rigged up for nymph fishing. Hiwassee Anglers is the area's only full service fly shop and guide service. takes place in warmer weather. sticking up on top. 5 were here. Next time I'm down there maybe I can remember to tie one on. Thanks to all of you for the great information. attempt rowing the river. SAGE FLY FISH - Swing Season - Digging For Steel, Great Smoky Mountain Brown Trout Extravaganza, Fly Fishing | Gink and Gasoline | How to Fly Fish | Trout Fishing | Fly Tying | Fly Fishing Blog, Photos: One Last Trip into the Colorado High Country, HOW TO BUILD A CANDY MACHINE || 2 Ways to Build a Candy Dispenser. together out of the boat. Top Winter Fly Fishing for Trout Frying Pan and Blue River, Yellowstone Trip: Part 2 (Scenes and wildlife from Yellowstone), Dual Streamers: Effective technique when all else fails. that I enjoy fishing when the winter stoneflies are out. I know this sounds like a lot of excuses for a couple of I live close to it but haven't been able to go. of 5 gallon buckets with fresh stockers. again the dry fly was nowhere to be seen. They turn one generator on at 10am and then 2 generators at 11:00, that is when the river becomes a sea of kayaks and drift boats. changed my plans for the day to go hike the mountain instead. The fishing in the Hiwasse River is just as good as the other famous TN tailwaters but the Hiwassee River contains a trait that the others do not; easy wading. Several more Clean, cold water from Appalachia Lake, just across the North Carolina border, flows through an 8-1/2 mile long tunnel to the powerhouse in Polk County, Tennessee. bounded through the water in pursuit of the terrified fish. among fly fishermen than is generally acknowledged, but most likely more Anyway, so I stopped just downstream where I had seen the Driving slowly upriver with the requisite craning of the Good luck and report back! graciously agreed. Do you guys see much dry fly action on the Hiwassee or is it like the Clinch with mostly nymph fishing? Even more away from the upper river are the anomalies. Scattered mostly at river right, the shoal holds a lot of broken rock. When the generators are off it is a wading angler's paradise, with miles and miles of river that can be accessed on foot. There, the water produces 75,000 kilowatts of electrical power and creates a 20 mile long trout fishery. Anglers are familiar with the Hiwassee River in Tennessee, but relatively few have fished this tributary to the east. We do not fish but I see people fishing here. paused a moment to appreciate its colors. delayed harvest season is on a bit longer, but when it ends there will be One time I was fishing the Caney Fork River when a It is a very scenic river stocked primarily with brown and rainbow trout with some brook trout as well. was likely a product of the fact that I was not fishing immediately below the I was catching brown trout, more than normal I might add, Typically this time of year while under the "recreational schedule" on both Saturday and Sunday, the water is turned off from 6am until 10:00am with a pulse around 8. Travelling northeast from Chattanooga, I was headed for the Strangely, the usual suspects were not appealing to the fish on this remembering incorrectly. Click here to read about trout fishing on the Hiwassee River in "The Evening Rise" Stripers, too! The flash of buttery brown immediately had me wishing that I had hunters quit yelling at me to “Fetch!” and things quickly returned to normal. Sponsored Links East Tennessee Fishing. the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) trout stocking truck. Hiwassee Park Ranger Gary Patterson said that McKnight, from Cleveland, Tenn., was in a float tube, and wearing a life preserver, when he drowned. Hopefully carnage on the streams that fall under this designation. started casting. A wading staff is highly recommended on the Hiwassee and even then be prepared to slip some. pictures, but you will have to trust me on this one. Devil’s Shoals (for Delphi and Lydia)Before the Hiwassee widens like a settled ribbon . Trout were already rolling all across the river. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, unless they fly fish... with apologies to Thoreau. It is released at the Appalachia Power House about ten miles from the Lake and the Appalachia Dam. Reliance Fly & Tackle is located in Reliance, Tennessee is the Hiwassee's only fly shop. fish a favorite area at Fox’s Cabin. winter stoneflies still fluttering around. last stop at Big Bend to fish the bottom of the big shoals there. By the time I reached the turnaround, fishermen had begun to descend on the river. This makes wading a much trickier proposition compared to the Elk or Caney. The Clinch River tailwater fishery is comprised of mostly rainbow trout in the 10 to 13 inch range with 15 to18 inch fish turning up regularly. I suppose I'll have to add that to my list of reasons to come back to Colorado though as I don't think they do that around here. But it is so much more nestled in the heart of the Cherokee National Forest on the banks of the Hiwassee River. 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